Tony Allen expect out another week while nursing knee back to game shape
After already missing his team’s season opener, Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will likely miss their next three or four contest as well as he is still working on getting his knee back to game shape.
Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen is likely to miss a week. The swelling in his knee is gone, but he's working… https://t.co/zt1Wd2bvY1
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 26, 2016
If he does not suffer any setbacks, the 34-year-old veteran can make his season debut as early as Tuesday or Wednesday next week when the Grizzlies have a back-back-back set against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards.
It is understandable that the team is taking a cautious approach on the health of their defensive-minded shooting guard; he is a vital cog to their quest of contending and making a deep playoff run this season.
The good news for the Grizzlies is they are off to a great start, winning their first game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. James Ennis filled the void left by Allen and played well in 28 minutes of action, producing 15 points and six rebounds.
Once Tony Allen returns, he is expected to play his usual role of defending the opposing team’s shooting guard or small forward. He is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the league today and will continue to be an asset to the Grizzlies this season.